I've avoided having acrylic extensions added to the nails. The nails are hardy enough to withstand alot of whacking. When the improved version using gel came along, I succumbed. It was so much more convenient to layer gel on top instead of the usual varnish. I don't have to wait for it dry, and neither does it chip. It's perfect.
Having had gel plastered on the nails for almost 5 years, the natural nail beds have finally worn down thin and brittle. Parkour and swimming aren't the best activities to keep the nails intact. So they tear rather easily now. Something needs to be done about it. I refuse to keep gluing tips and adding gel coats to keep the torn parts together. That's not a long-term solution.
Since I've royally spoilt my nails for vanity's sake, I should look into treating them better. The toenails are on their way to full recovery. I haven't put any color on them for months. Likewise, I made a hard decision to clear the nails of color, made the final repairs to the torn pieces and the last new set of gel on them. I can't leave them bare because the natural nails are now too thin and peeling very badly. It might just hurt. So this is the best solution for the now. As they grow, I won't do in-fills anymore. They'll look kinda ugly for 3 months, but at least the new nails will grow out strong while the weak tips get filed away.
Might as well. *shrug* At least I don't have to be so gu niang when I do parkour now. I need to rehearse intensively on 3 piano pieces for the next 2 weeks. Bald nails are wonderful. No whites to be seen. I had to round the sides to get rid of the torn bits. The nail therapist was a little shocked by my decision. "Now? Why don't you wait till after the festive season? I've never seen your nails naked at Christmas for the past 15 years!" Girlfriends, I bet you've never seen my nails this way this short for years now! Nice or not? Kekekekekke.
So girls, if you're not prepared to deal with brittle and peeling nails, don't pile gel on them. Don't even start, no matter how gorgeous they look. It's one thing to admire them in their plastic glory. It's quite another to wince at what lies beneath. The aftermath isn't at all pretty to deal with.